National Parks / Natural World
Denver Botanic Gardens York St Denver
Where is it at?
Denver Botanic Gardens York St
1007 York Street
Where are we going today?
It's so great when you can explore the outdoors as a family, and what better place to explore nature than in one of the top five botanic gardens in the entire country!
Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street is acres of colorful and natural fun, with a wide range of collections and gardens that are great to explore. With plants from all across the world, it's also a place where kids can learn about geography, climate and biology.
There are a number of living collections at Denver Botanic Gardens, where you can experience plants and flowers as they should be enjoyed. From the fun alpine plants that grow in rock crevices, to aquatic plants that have actually adapted to thrive in water!
You're also in Colorado, so it's great for kids to learn all about the native plants to the state, which actually grew pre European settlement.
If you want to learn more about the plants and the gardens, check out the monthly walking tour that you can ask all the questions you want about the gardens.
At the Denver Botanic Gardens in York Street, the visitor center is a great place to start! They can let you know what is best for your interests. From ornamental gardens, to water gardens and internationally inspired gardens, there is plenty to see!
There are even shady gardens for you to enjoy some time out of the sun if you want to. And don't forget the children's garden - it's created just for them!
You might have some little botanists in the family - so get those green thumbs ready!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
9am open. 5pm close in winter. 8pm in summer
All year round.
Denver Botanic Gardens offers special activities for visiting school groups and teachers, so why not get the kids out of the classroom and into nature! .
Offshoots Café is a full service, fresh food café great for your lunch! There are also vending machine at Mordecai Children’s Garden. Yum yum!.
They have vegetarian options, as well as locally sourced ingredients. There are also healthy choices at the children's garden. You can always bring a picnic and drinks if you like. .
Any Top Tips?
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! Most of Denver Botanic Gardens is outside. .
Need a little extra help?
The gardens are wheelchair accessible, with the exception of some trails. Wheelchairs are available onsite for guests who need them. .
Can I get one of those?
The Shop at the Gardens has a huge variety of items, including books, jewellery, gardening items & more. Books, games and toys are available for children so make sure you bring that pocket money! .
Restrooms are located at the main Gardens and the Children’s Garden, and are accessible for people with disabilities..
What people are saying?
by Lucy Savon Rodman
The BB King "concert" was a disgrace to the Gardens. A waste of money and time. Very sad that his management company continues to put forth Mr. King as viable entertainment. THE THRILL IS GONE indeed.
We walked out after the ramblings and lack of any real music being played.
JUST sad for him-- and ashamed for the promoters who made over $100 million last year as was the reported "take".
by Jennifer Smith
First time ever visiting this place. I am from Pennsylvania so I love any exhibits that feature Horticulture. But I have to say it was a bit disappointing. Because I am used to exhibits as the Philadelphia Flower Show or Longwood Gardens, this particular gardens in Denver was a little bit of a letdown. I thought it would be much bigger and a little more exciting. Even though I still kind of enjoyed the exhibits and took some awesome pictures. But I couldn't really enjoy my time there because I felt as though I was being stalked by an employee. Everywhere...Read More
by Cherie Courtade
Such a beautiful place. Get a membership, because you'll want to come back to see everything. And you'll want to see it in every season. Beautiful to look at, plenty of information to learn about the plants you see, and lots of outdoor fun. I love the succulents.
Bring food for a picnic, or plan to come during one of their evening concerts. Oh, and don't forget the holiday lights--way better than other cheesy displays you can see for free.
by christine cepelak
Beautiful. Diverse collection with interesting educational pieces. Easy to get to on foot, and I appreciated the incorporation of Japanese 'sister city' cultural elements. Cafe would be perfect to dwell a while with a book - in fact I saw a guy set up with his laptop! (And stayed a while myself)
by Emil Wisekal
A lovely garden. Visited while in Denver on our vacation from New York in summer 2014. I look forward to returning to see the next art installment.
by Jennifer Smith
First time ever visiting this place. I am from Pennsylvania so I love any exhibits that feature Horticulture. But I have to say it was a bit disappointing. Because I am used to exhibits as the Philadelphia Flower Show or Longwood Gardens, this particular gardens in Denver was a little bit of a letdown. I thought it would be much bigger and a little more exciting. Even though I still kind of enjoyed the exhibits and took some awesome pictures. But I couldn't really enjoy my time there because I felt as though I was being stalked by an employee. Everywhere I ended up, he was standing right across from me. I got a chance to get a little close and write down his name(Russell R)
But I felt completely uncomfortable with this person(staff) following me around the whole place up until I left. Because of that experience, I won't ever set foot there again!